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Korean People's Armed Forces (North Korea)

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[Korean People's Armed Forces (North Korea)]
image by Jaume Ollé, 19 Sep 2009


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National flag with yellow fringe and state arms in hoist instead of disc with red star. Hangul inscription in yellow on blue stripes:

For the independence of the Homeland
and the people!

Source: video footage of 2003 North Korean military parade in Pyonygang
Nozomi Kariyasu, 19 Sep 2009


I was watching videos of the military parade honoring the late Kim Jong-Il's birthday (this year would have been his 70th according to DPRK lore). Around 7:08 and 9:09 of this very long video I noticed there is the flags of all of the military services and key organs of the Korean's Workers Party. I noticed the air force flag in particular has the secondary color as green, not a darker blue. I think the color scheme is similar to that of the Russian Air-Troops (VDV) and other paratrooper forces from the former Soviet Union. Are my eyes fooling me or does any one else see this?
Zachary Harden, 07 December 2012

Your eyes didn't fool you - although I would call it dark blue-gray rather than green. Interestingly, the flags on the dais were not all of the same pattern, but showed subtle variations:
Dexter side, from centre:
Worker's Party Flag
Army Flag, long mottoes, *dark blue* stripes
Navy Flag, long mottoes, medium blue stripes
Air Force Flag, long mottoes, dark blue-gray stripes
Red Guards Flag, long mottoes
Army Flag, long mottoes, medium blue stripes
Navy Flag, *short* mottoes, medium blue stripes
Air Force Flag, long mottoes, dark blue-gray stripes
Red Guards Flag, long mottoes

Sinister side, from centre:
National Flag, medium blue stripes
Army Flag, long mottoes, medium blue stripes
Navy Flag, long mottoes, medium blue stripes
Air Force Flag, long mottoes, dark blue-gray stripes
Red Guards Flag, long mottoes
Army Flag, long mottoes, *dark* blue stripes
Navy Flag, *short* mottoes, medium blue stripes
Air Force Flag, long mottoes, dark blue-gray stripes
Red Guards Flag, long mottoes
Miles Li, 11 December 2012


[Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image located by Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 February 2015

I found a stamp issued in 1993 showing Flag of Korean Peopleís Armed Forces which is charged with national emblem and fringe.
I donít know when they changed Armed Flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 February 2015


Korean People's Army (reverse)

[Korean People's Army (North Korea)]
image by Miles Li, 25 January 2015

In the book 'Glorious 50 Years" (Pyongyang: Korea Pictorial, 1995) there was a photo of one of those North Korean military parades, in which the massed unit colours of the three services were led by a single red flag with the military badge on the "reverse" side (rather than obverse as on the other flags), surrounded by a full wreath, above hangul letters which probably read "Choson inmingun" (Korean People's Army). (The obverse design is unknown, but probably the same as the reverse side.)
Miles Li, 25 January 2015